Just what is intrinsic motivation? And what are the examples of intrinsic motivation? Well, as the name implies, intrinsic motivation is the opposite of extrinsic motivation. That latter type of motivation comes from outside of you. But intrinsic motivation comes from within.
So, to understand intrinsic motivation, it may help to think of it as - inspiration. And we could say that extrinsic motivation is "instigation" instead!
You see, when you are extrinsically
motivated, you are doing something that you may very well not want to
do, or not be all that interested in. What you're doing is like a chore.
But examples of intrinsic motivation will always be labors of love.
Perhaps you are studying something in college that you really find boring or just don't care about, but you do want to get good grades. Or, perhaps you take a job in sales because there is potential for some very high commissions, but you actually hate sales. These are instances of extrinsic motivation.
Sometimes, most of us must admit, we
also do not do things that we would like to do, because doing so would
mean we broke the law and we could be penalized for that; not driving
our car as fast as we may like is a good example of this. This avoidance
would be extrinsic motivation as well.
So, examples of intrinsic motivation would be quite different from these. These would be things like:
as the above examples of intrinsic motivation show, you might be doing
something in the hopes of winning awards, earning money, or getting a
good grade in a class; but unlike with extrinsic motivation, that's not
your primary motivation. Intrinsic motivation always involves you doing
something that you desire to do for yourself. You would do it even if
you were not going to be paid, get an award, or get a grade for it.
Understanding intrinsic motivation can help you escape a life or career of drudgery and misery, as you seek out ways of earning money that you also enjoy doing. You don't take that sales job that you hate, just to put bread on your table.
If you're a teacher, you can find ways of keeping your subject "alive" and interesting for your students, getting them more immersed in learning instead of just memorizing things to pass a test and forgetting them later.
Intrinsic motivation is powerful!